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John Bartley K7AAY
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      01-18-2008
My Workforce program advisor has discussed Gatlin Education, who
partners with colleges to provide MCSE training. The home BBB office
for Gatlin shows them with a Satisfactory (as good as it gets) rating.

http://www.gatlineducation.com/mcsecertification.html

Any experience with the Gatlin courses?

With no MCSE classroom program taught locally for < $10,000
(since PSU has cancelled their MCSE course four times since
September)
and knowking I don't do well with 'bootcamp' style instruction
this appears to be the best choice for a slower paced instructional
program.

Your on-topic, smoke-free expeience is appreciated.



 
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Chris Lobban
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      01-18-2008
Hey John,

As a disclaimer: I'm a fairly biased vote here.

Gatlin Education is partnered with Academy of Learning (a Canadian
company), who provides them will all of their IT training materials and
support. And I'm one of the main instructors for Academy of Learning...
so as I say, I'm less than neutral on this matter.

That said, before I started working here I did review all of the
courseware and textbooks for all of the MCSE courses, to familiarize
myself with how it's all laid out and everything. For the most part, I
found the textbooks to be fairly straightforward and easy to read. The
online audio lectures are pretty easy to follow along as well, I would
often just have them playing in the background while I was flipping
through the textbook and in general it's fairly easy listening (a couple
courses are narrated in a different speaking style that some people have
trouble with, but those are mostly the A+ materials).

Although I don't directly support the Gatlin students myself (I mostly
take care of Canadian students), I know the woman who does and she's a
very competent instructor (she has a B.Ed and was a classroom teacher
for years before starting here). She's knowledgeable about the material
and happy to help anyway she can.

If you want anymore details or have specific questions about it, please
email me directly and I'll be happy to help you anyway I can.

Chris

John Bartley K7AAY wrote:
> My Workforce program advisor has discussed Gatlin Education, who
> partners with colleges to provide MCSE training. The home BBB office
> for Gatlin shows them with a Satisfactory (as good as it gets) rating.
>
> http://www.gatlineducation.com/mcsecertification.html
>
> Any experience with the Gatlin courses?
>
> With no MCSE classroom program taught locally for < $10,000
> (since PSU has cancelled their MCSE course four times since
> September)
> and knowking I don't do well with 'bootcamp' style instruction
> this appears to be the best choice for a slower paced instructional
> program.
>
> Your on-topic, smoke-free expeience is appreciated.
>
>
>

 
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John Bartley K7AAY
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      01-18-2008
On Jan 18, 7:06 am, Chris Lobban <(E-Mail Removed)>
wrote:
> Hey John,
>
> As a disclaimer: I'm a fairly biased vote here.


Full disclosure = goodness.

> Gatlin Education is partnered with Academy of Learning (a Canadian
> company), who provides them will all of their IT training materials and
> support. And I'm one of the main instructors for Academy of Learning...
> so as I say, I'm less than neutral on this matter.
>
> That said, before I started working here I did review all of the
> courseware and textbooks for all of the MCSE courses, to familiarize
> myself with how it's all laid out and everything. For the most part, I
> found the textbooks to be fairly straightforward and easy to read. The
> online audio lectures are pretty easy to follow along as well, I would
> often just have them playing in the background while I was flipping
> through the textbook and in general it's fairly easy listening (a couple
> courses are narrated in a different speaking style that some people have
> trouble with, but those are mostly the A+ materials).


's OK, I can understand Canadian (Did I leave the serviettes on the
chesterfield? I need to mop up this litre of poutine...)

> Although I don't directly support the Gatlin students myself (I mostly
> take care of Canadian students), I know the woman who does and she's a
> very competent instructor (she has a B.Ed and was a classroom teacher
> for years before starting here). She's knowledgeable about the material
> and happy to help anyway she can.


Those who can... well, I wish there was participation by folks who'd
engineered systems as well as from educators.

> If you want any more details or have specific questions about it, please
> email me directly and I'll be happy to help you anyway I can.
>
> Chris


Thank you. I'll try to keep this short.

1) Pacing. The website mentions an expectation of a year to complete.
Is it practical to spend more time and accelerate the process?

2) Content. What's the mix of audio-only to video to book larnin'?

3) What, pray tell, is an "Honours Gerontology Degree", earned by the
Senior Trainer and Online Support Specialist/Mentor?

4) And, is Academy of Learning (i.e., the content developer) Certified
or Authorized by Microsoft?

Thank you very kindly for your willingness to help me ascertain this
is a good investment, of time as well as funds.


 
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John Bartley K7AAY
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      01-21-2008
Thank you kindly, Chris, for the offline response; all good?
 
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